Brennan to lead AFTL

first_imgBrennan to lead AFTL The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers has elected new officers and members of its Board of Directors and installed them at its recent convention in Orlando.Elected as president was Tampa attorney Web E. Brennan, while Edward H. Zebersky of Hollywood was installed as president-elect. Other officers are Treasurer Frank M. Petosa of Boca Raton and Secretary Thomas S. Edwards, Jr., of Jacksonville.Other members of the executive committee are Sean Domnick, Michael A. Haggard, William H. Harrell, Betsey T. Herd, C. Richard Newsome, and Alex Reboso. Immediate past President Alexander Clem and Scott Carruthers, academy executive director, also will serve on the executive committee.“Web is truly devoted to protecting and serving the people of Florida and to ensuring the preservation of Florida’s civil justice system,” said Carruthers.Elected to two-year terms on the board were Lisha M. Bowen, William W. Corry, Sean C. Domnick, Gary M. Farmer, William H. Harrell, Scott T. John, Glenn M. Klausman, Jennifer K. Millis, C. Richard Newsome, Stuart N. Ratzan, Alex Reboso, Edward M. Ricci, J. Eric Romano, and Joshua A. Whitman.The new board also appointed five district directors and three directors at large to serve one-year terms on the board. They are Richard R. Alexander, Betsey T. Herd, Douglas J. McCarron, Adam Fetterman, Steven T. Vasilaros, Stephen A. Barnes, Michael A. Haggard, and Dawn Vallejos-Nichols. President Brennan also made two presidential appointments to serve one-year terms: Chris M. Kavouklis and John C. Bales. August 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Brennan to lead AFTLlast_img read more

In NEPA, Governor Wolf Continues Roundtables to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic

first_img May 13, 2016 Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Sen. Mario Scavello, Rep. Rosemary Brown, Sen. John Gordner, and Rep. Tarah Toohil, as well as local officials, law enforcement, and health care professionals, at two roundtables today to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania.In an effort to confront this epidemic collaboratively, Governor Wolf is conducting roundtables statewide to discuss the initiatives of his administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. The Wolf Administration is eager to engage in these local conversations in order to listen to local officials about the challenges that they are facing.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.”Governor Wolf was joined by a number of other state and local leaders at events in Stroudsburg and Hazleton, including PA Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and PA Director of Homeland Security Marcus Brown. The governor lauded the efforts of Sen. Mario Scavello and Rep. Rosemary Brown at a roundtable at the Monroe County Public Safety Center this morning. In the afternoon, the governor touted the work of Sen. John Gordner and Rep. Tarah Toohil at Penn State Hazleton.“It is important for all stakeholders to come together to address the ongoing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic in the Commonwealth. The Legislature, the Governor’s Office, local officials, and community leaders need to work together to address the pressing need for prevention and treatment for those affected, said Senator Scavello. “Heroin and opioid abuse affects families, friends, neighbors – it does not discriminate in the victims it chooses. I am pleased to join my colleagues in fighting to address this important health crisis and bring the resources needed to prevent further individuals from being affected.”“Opioid and heroin addiction is a serious state issue, and it is significantly impacting our local community, families, and children here in Monroe and Pike counties. I speak consistently with families affected by addiction, and I am committed to assisting with this issue in any way possible. Currently, I do have legislation introduced (HB1699) to limit prescribing in emergency rooms to help monitor possible addiction and the resale of opioids,” said Representative Brown. “I thank the Governor for making a stop in Monroe County to listen to how this is affecting us locally and to deeper discuss possible real-world solutions and recommendations.”“The heroin and opioid epidemic is affecting every demographic in every community in our Commonwealth,” said Senator Gordner.  “I appreciate Governor Wolf’s efforts to commit resources to this problem and I appreciate that he is coming to our community to discuss how we can work together to combat this crisis.”“Clearly, we are up against a formidable enemy. As opioid and heroin abuse grows, we need to aggressively address it in our communities,” said Rep. Toohil. “I commend the governor for coming to Hazleton to raise public awareness about the drug epidemic and discussing possible solutions. There is no doubt, we must all work as one to reduce the number of overdose deaths across the Commonwealth.”The Wolf Administration hopes that these discussions are just the beginning of a larger conversation with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate as well as local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders, and health care professionals.“I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”Some of the administration’s initiatives in the fight against heroin include: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specialty specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is developing the “warm hand-off” process “warm hand-off” process, whereby overdose survivors would be taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider, as well as Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This program helps communities properly dispose of unused prescriptions at any of the 400+ police station locations across Pennsylvania. To date, approximately 40,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been taken back and destroyed.Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 25 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies. After this first phase of implementation, there will be a push for 25 more facilities that would have the capacity to treat 22,500 individuals total.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img In NEPA, Governor Wolf Continues Roundtables to Address Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemiclast_img read more

Migrants in NZ trapped in forced labour: US official

first_imgNZ Herald 23 Sep 2011A senior United States government official claims underage girls are subjected to sex trafficking and migrants trapped into forced labour here, and describes New Zealand’s way of defining human trafficking as “misplaced”. Immigration New Zealand is maintaining there are no substantiated cases of people trafficking here because those crossing the border who come here to work in the sex trade or do manual labour are not being forced into doing so. Unlike many countries, New Zealand does not recognise domestic cases as trafficking. “Such a focus on initial consent is misplaced,” said Mr Luis Cdebaca, who was appointed by US President Barack Obama to direct the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State. He serves as senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and was in New Zealand this year to study trafficking here. “Whether a person migrated for a particular job or participated in an activity willingly is legally irrelevant under the UN Trafficking Protocol if they are subsequently kept in the service through force, threats, or psychological manipulation,” he said.Last year a sex worker who came on a visitor’s visa told another prostitute at a central Auckland brothel where she worked that she had been made to work 16-hour shifts with few breaks. Another sex worker who was lured here with a $4500 cash offer plus airfares was later told it was a loan she had to repay. Both women had their passports taken away from them, and in one case the police had to be called in to retrieve the passport from the brothel owner. But under New Zealand’s definition, these did not constitute human trafficking. read more

Brathwaite, Hope tons spur Windies to 71-run lead

first_img(REUTERS) – Magnificent centuries by opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope put West Indies in a commanding position against England on the second day of the second Test at Headingley on Saturday.Brathwaite was joined by Hope during a tricky morning session for the visitors when they were 35 for three in reply to England’s 258.The pair shared a 246-run partnership as West Indies, written off after a humiliating innings-and-209-runs defeat in the first test, reached stumps on 329-5, a lead of 71.Brathwaite was eventually bowled by Stuart Broad for 134, a textbook innings which contained 17 fours and two sixes, the second of which took him to his sixth Test century.Roston Chase followed shortly afterwards but Hope moved on to 147 and was joined by Jermaine Blackwood who played aggressively to score 21 not out in 23 balls.Shai Hope celebrates his maiden Test hundred as the fourth-wicket stand grew to 246.West Indies resumed on a muggy morning on 19-1, and with James Anderson swinging the ball at will, another West Indies collapse looked on the cards as two early wickets fell.Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo departed in the fifth over of the morning, edging one from Anderson who then removed Kyle Hope thanks to a great catch from captain Joe Root at second slip.Brathwaite was then joined by Hope and the duo began to chip away at England’s total, playing with discipline and verve to put away any loose balls from England’s attack.Twice Braithwaite was reprieved with successful reviews after being given out lbw — to Broad when he got an inside edge and to the struggling Moeen Ali — as West Indies moved to 109 for three at lunch.The afternoon session belonged to West Indies as Brathwaite completed his century by launching part-time spinner Tom Westley over long-on for a huge six.Hope offered impressive support and played some beautiful cover drives as he also closed in on a century, reaching 85 at tea as England’s bowlers desperately sought a breakthrough.His maiden Test century arrived in the 70th over of the day when, after pulling Ben Stokes for a boundary, he nudged a single off his hip from the following ball.With Hope set and Blackwood a dangerous hitter, West Indies will hope to build a commanding lead today.ENGLAND 1st innings 258 (B. Stokes 100, J. Root 59; S. Gabriel 4-51, K. Roach 4-71) West Indies 1st innings (Overnight: 19-1)K. Brathwaite b Broad 134K. Powell c Cook b Anderson 5D. Bishoo c Bairstow b Anderson 1K. Hope c Root b Anderson 3S. Hope not out 147R. Chase c Cook b Stokes 5J. Blackwood not out 21Extras (b-4 lb-7 w-2) 13Total (for 5 wickets, 102 overs) 329Fall of wickets: 1-11 K. Powell,2-31 D. Bishoo,3-35 K. Hope,4-281 K. Brathwaite,5-296 R. ChaseTo bat: S. Dowrich, J. Holder, K. Roach, S. GabrielBowling:J. Anderson 23 – 7 – 46 – 3, S. Broad 20 – 2 – 73 – 1,C. Woakes 13 – 2 – 58 – 0, B. Stokes 22 – 8 – 60 – 1(w-2),M. Ali 20 – 3 – 69 – 0, T. Westley 4 – 0 – 12 – 0.last_img read more